Recently while waiting in line, 2 of my boys were behind some young adults who were not using kid friendly language. Fortunately, one of my boys was totally unaware. The other one (the older brother) was very bothered by what he overheard.
Explicit language is not an option at our house - if you want to continue residing there. "Potty words" are looked down upon - severely! Words are just one way to demonstrate good manners. A polite compliment, a sincere "How are you?" both go a long way to making the person on the receiving end feel exceptional!
Having 6 boys in my house (my husband totally counts in this situation!), I take manners very seriously. My boys know when it comes to manners, I mean business - especially at mealtimes. I have been known to send a boy to bed without dinner due to gross negligence of mealtime manners. Don't worry, no one has starved and they are all now BIG believers in manners during dinner!
So why is it so hard to help manners make a comeback? Some kids gravitate to manners easily (my 16 year old who always opens the car door for me) and some do not ( my almost 8 year old who has discovered armpit noises - slight laugh, sigh and "ugh!") Manners demonstrate civility, an understanding of relationships and social connections and are good for us mentally and physically.
So the next time you say "Pardon me" or delightfully use the appropriate fork at your plate, remember - you're making the world a better and more fashionable place for everyone!
--Miss Amy :)
Miss Amy: I love teaching kids and watching that "A-ha!" moment happen when all the dots connect and the light bulb goes on! There's nothing better!